VOYAGER IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

By now, you have likely had an opportunity to explore the new version of Catalyst, the Library’s web-based online public access catalog (OPAC). The new OPAC is part of the Voyager integrated system, which the Library has been implementing since last summer. In addition to the OPAC, our Voyager system includes Acquisitions/Serials, Cataloging, and Circulation/Reserves modules. We made the new Catalyst available in time for the beginning of the Fall semester, so that faculty, students, and staff would have unfettered access to our collection.

New System Features

During the intervening months, we have been continuing to work behind the scenes to bring up the remaining modules, implement additional system features, and improve the quality of our database. Some of the highlights of this work include:

For more information on new Catalyst features, check out the "News Features and Enhancements" page at http://webvoyager.humboldt.edu/help/enhance.htm.

Forthcoming Upgrades

Upgrades are a fact of life for any modern computer system and Voyager is no exception. In fact, we are anticipating two more upgrades this calendar year. First, we will be moving to the 99.1 release on March 15 (during Spring Break), with release 2000 to be scheduled later this summer. Catalyst will be down for a day or more during each of those upgrades. While our system is down, we will provide a link to the North State Cooperative Library System union catalog. The NSCLS catalog contains our records, although it is only updated quarterly and does not include circulation status information. Additional information on this scheduled downtime will be forthcoming via campus bulk e-mail.

 

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

Several new databases have been added to the HSU Library's database offerings. New fulltext databases include CountryWatch.com and Humanities Index Fulltext. Online indexes added include Agris, ArtAbstracts, Forestry Abstracts, Forestry Products Abstracts, Health And Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI), Music Index Online, Social Science Citation Index, and Science Citation index. Please contact your subject librarian or Mary Kay (x3414 or mhk1@axe) for further information.

SPRING CLEANING?

As the academic year winds down and you tidy up your office, please remember that the Library happily accepts donations of books, CDs, LPs, and maps for its annual booksale. A letter of acknowledgement for tax purposes is available upon request. Contact Mary Kay at x3414 or mhk1@axe for further information.

 

UNCOVER FOR UNDERGRADUATE SEMINAR AND THESIS STUDENTS

The HSU Library has begun to make Uncover Document Delivery account access available to undergraduates engaged in Senior Seminar, thesis or other capstone coursework. Faculty should request access for their students from their subject specialist librarian, who will show students how to set up and use the account. If you think this access would be appropriate and useful for your class, please contact your subject librarian.

 

SPRING REFRESHERS: LIBRARY WORKSHOPS FOR FACULTY

The Library invites you to enhance your knowledge of information resources by participating in a series of interactive workshops especially designed for faculty. All workshops will be held on Fridays at 3-5 PM in L121, the Library Lab.

March 24 - Library Services for Faculty (Bob Sathrum et al.)

The information world keeps changing around us! This workshop will look at both old and new resources and services provided by the Library which will assist you and your students in research and learning.

March 31 - Fulltext at HSU Library (Mary Kay)

Update your knowledge of Library fulltext databases and their

capabilities. We'll cover features of Academic Search, Academic Universe,

Dow Jones Interactive, Humanities Index Fulltext, Proquest, and more.

Learn how to locate articles and reviews, and bring your questions.

April 7 - Escaping the Redwood Curtain: Using the Internet to Find Conference Opportunities (Gloria Fulton)

(Refreshments will be served at the April 7 conference)

PERIODICALS FINDING LIST

A new button has recently appeared on the Library’s web page (see below--second button under "Quick Links"). This button takes you to a page where you can search easily search for all 9000 journals, magazines, newspapers and other serial publication titles accessible either in print in the Periodicals Collection or online in one of the fulltext databases provided by the Library. This marks the first time that available print and fulltext titles have been brought together in one searchable database.